13 Jan 2016

Gun shop gets tip-offs over burglary

12:47 pm on 13 January 2016

A Christchurch gun shop has received dozens of tip-offs about a man seen on CCTV allegedly stealing from the business.

Gun City managing director David Tipple said the footage showed the man, accompanied by a woman, reaching over the counter and stealing a night vision unit worth $18,000 on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Tipple posted it on the company's Facebook page the same day and within 15 minutes tip-offs began to come in, followed by messages overnight claiming to identify the person. He said the information had been passed to police.

Canterbury police said they were investigating four recent incidents in which hunting gear had been stolen.

As well as the Gun City theft on 10 January, police were looking into two burglaries at Twin Needle outdoor equipment repair story in Phillipstown, Christchurch, on 20 December and 10 January, a burglary at Hunting and Fishing on 11 January.

Detective Inspector Tony Hill said at this stage there was nothing to suggest the incidents were connected or that thefts had been carried out by the same people.

"Equipment that can be used for hunting can be expensive and is often an item targeted by thieves," said Mr Hill.